The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has thrown out Togo’s protest over the alleged ineligibility of some players Benin Republic fielded in the first round of the 2018 CHAN qualifiers last month, Naijafootballplus.com can report.
According to Naijafootballplus sources in Togo, the Togolese FA protested that Benin Republic failed to produce licenses of their players during the first leg of the qualifier in Lome.
Togo FA General Secretary Pierre Lamadokou revealed in an official statement from the Federation that CAF has thrown out their protest which confirms Benin Republic as Nigeria’s opponent in the final round of the 2018 CHAN qualifiers.
“By the letter dated 1st of August, 2017, concerning our reservations against Benin Republic players in the 2018 CHAN qualifiers, CAF has notified us that the cases have been submitted to the Emergency Committee which after study decided to reject the two reservations on the grounds that CAF authorized the players of Benin Republic to participate without local licenses and that the disparity of age has no impact on the qualification of the players within this competition.
“The Togolese FA has taken note of the decision of CAF and reaffirms that it is approach to seize CAF opinion is guided only by the concern to respect the rules guiding the competition.”
Benin Republic will now host Nigeria next weekend in Cotonou for the first leg of the final round of qualifiers. The second leg comes up a week later on August 19 in Kano.